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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

19-4042 Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.


National estimates for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
Industry profile for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
Geographic profile for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

National estimates for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
34,110 3.1 % $ 24.30 $ 50,550 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.45 $ 17.89 $ 22.78 $ 28.78 $ 36.93
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,050 $ 37,210 $ 47,370 $ 59,860 $ 76,810


Industry profile for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 8,220 0.54 $ 23.43 $ 48,740
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 8,200 0.53 $ 22.91 $ 47,640
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 6,030 0.11 $ 27.35 $ 56,880
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,090 0.10 $ 25.03 $ 52,070
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,940 0.03 $ 14.98 $ 31,160

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,110 0.69 $ 28.24 $ 58,740
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 8,220 0.54 $ 23.43 $ 48,740
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 8,200 0.53 $ 22.91 $ 47,640
Social Advocacy Organizations 740 0.33 $ 20.38 $ 42,390
Waste Treatment and Disposal 280 0.29 $ 23.43 $ 48,730

Top paying industries for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 260 0.07 $ 46.61 $ 96,940
Oil and Gas Extraction 220 0.20 $ 38.22 $ 79,500
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 70 0.02 $ 38.16 $ 79,370
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying (8) (8) $ 33.35 $ 69,370
Management of Companies and Enterprises 320 0.01 $ 32.09 $ 66,750


Geographic profile for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of environmental science and protection technicians, including health by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,980 0.36 1.50 $ 25.30 $ 52,630
Florida 3,140 0.36 1.51 $ 19.55 $ 40,660
Texas 2,880 0.24 0.97 $ 23.99 $ 49,900
New York 1,910 0.22 0.91 $ 26.72 $ 55,580
Pennsylvania 1,670 0.30 1.24 $ 24.47 $ 50,890


Map of location quotient of environmental science and protection technicians, including health by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 800 1.21 5.00 $ 23.96 $ 49,840
Alaska 240 0.81 3.33 $ 26.72 $ 55,580
New Mexico 380 0.48 2.00 $ 24.48 $ 50,920
Wyoming 100 0.39 1.60 $ 23.40 $ 48,670
Florida 3,140 0.36 1.51 $ 19.55 $ 40,660


Map of annual mean wages of environmental science and protection technicians, including health by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alabama 290 0.15 0.62 $ 32.92 $ 68,480
Connecticut 170 0.11 0.45 $ 31.91 $ 66,360
Washington (8) (8) (8) $ 31.75 $ 66,030
Nevada 210 0.17 0.69 $ 30.32 $ 63,070
Utah 170 0.11 0.45 $ 27.23 $ 56,640



Map of employment of environmental science and protection technicians, including health by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,850 0.32 1.33 $ 25.29 $ 52,600
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,640 0.19 0.78 $ 28.93 $ 60,170
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 870 0.33 1.35 $ 26.12 $ 54,320
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 850 0.35 1.44 $ 21.17 $ 44,040
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 830 0.32 1.32 $ 25.18 $ 52,370
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 790 0.35 1.45 $ 29.60 $ 61,570
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 770 0.60 2.48 $ 18.84 $ 39,190
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 760 0.26 1.09 $ 25.85 $ 53,760
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 650 0.47 1.94 $ 23.58 $ 49,040
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 620 0.17 0.71 $ 25.24 $ 52,490


Map of location quotient of environmental science and protection technicians, including health by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 270 2.33 9.63 $ 38.35 $ 79,780
Charleston, WV 160 1.63 6.75 $ 23.48 $ 48,830
Beckley, WV 60 1.63 6.72 $ 22.68 $ 47,170
Fort Collins, CO 220 1.37 5.64 $ 25.21 $ 52,440
Athens-Clarke County, GA 80 0.95 3.90 $ 27.07 $ 56,300
Wheeling, WV-OH 50 0.89 3.69 $ 23.34 $ 48,560
Fresno, CA 290 0.77 3.19 $ 26.10 $ 54,280
Albany, GA 40 0.71 2.93 $ 16.79 $ 34,930
Trenton, NJ 150 0.66 2.72 $ 25.73 $ 53,520
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 100 0.65 2.69 $ 23.47 $ 48,820


Map of annual mean wages of environmental science and protection technicians, including health by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 270 2.33 9.63 $ 38.35 $ 79,780
Huntsville, AL 40 0.17 0.72 $ 37.66 $ 78,320
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 130 0.27 1.12 $ 37.01 $ 76,970
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 150 0.16 0.66 $ 34.36 $ 71,460
Boulder, CO 40 0.21 0.85 $ 31.54 $ 65,610
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 80 0.14 0.57 $ 29.74 $ 61,870
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 790 0.35 1.45 $ 29.60 $ 61,570
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 30 0.30 1.22 $ 29.55 $ 61,470
Colorado Springs, CO 40 0.14 0.58 $ 29.41 $ 61,160
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.07 0.28 $ 29.06 $ 60,450

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 150 1.18 4.86 $ 23.41 $ 48,700
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 120 1.23 5.09 $ 25.75 $ 53,560
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 0.77 3.17 $ 25.01 $ 52,010
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 100 1.29 5.32 $ 22.26 $ 46,310
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.28 1.14 $ 23.14 $ 48,140

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 100 1.29 5.32 $ 22.26 $ 46,310
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 120 1.23 5.09 $ 25.75 $ 53,560
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 150 1.18 4.86 $ 23.41 $ 48,700
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.90 3.71 $ 22.30 $ 46,380
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 0.77 3.17 $ 25.01 $ 52,010

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.54 2.24 $ 32.13 $ 66,830
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 1.19 $ 27.56 $ 57,330
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 2.03 $ 26.19 $ 54,480
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 1.29 $ 26.13 $ 54,350
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.58 2.39 $ 26.01 $ 54,090


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022